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A Light in the Darkness: Suspence at Republic of Fritz Hansen

Le Corbusier maintained that human beings need space, light and order. He might have been talking about the Scandinavian design haven that is the Republic of Fritz Hansen. SEEN had the pleasure of visiting and bathing in the light shone by GamFratesi’s Suspence light, which launched here in September.

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Le Corbusier maintained that human beings need space, light and order. He might have been talking about the Scandinavian design haven that is the Republic of Fritz Hansen. SEEN had the pleasure of visiting and bathing in the light shone by GamFratesi’s Suspence light, which launched here in September.

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The shop itself is behind bustling Oxford Circus and like Skandium, epitomises all that is calm, considered, yet beautifully designed. Suspence is a worthy addition to the range. GamFratesi is the architectural design partnership of Stine Gam of Denmark, and Enrico Fratesi of Italy. The duo combine their love of tradition and innovation by experimenting with materials and techniques. They say: ‘We define light as music – both of which interact directly with our spirit, without being touched or used directly.’

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There are two iterations of the design: The Suspence Pendant is perceived as being one with the cord that connects it to the ceiling, according to Enrico Fratesi. There is even a hint of the top of the pendant lamp being ‘pulled’. The effect is very organic, as though Suspence is a flower. SEEN liked the tactile feel of the turned surface, which is available in a palette of white, light grey or black, in two sizes. Enrico told us that there are plans to add a copper version to the range. The light is very soft and deceives the eye. This is due to an infinity diffuser at the bottom of the lamp that avoids creating glare.

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GamFratesi has also created the Suspence Nomad, a quirkier piece of lighting design that migrates around the floor via its 5-metre cord. It travels where you want it to. Made of polyethylene, it also emits a soft glow like its pendant sibling, is also very tactile and has a grey or red loop at its apex that doubles as a handle, the colour of the loop matching the cord.

 

SEEN thinks that often we don’t think about the quality of the light we illuminate our homes with. Perhaps we should; after all, like the Scandinavian countries, we spend a lot of time in our houses during the colder, darker months.

www.fritzhansen.com

Republic of Fritz Hansen
13 Margaret Street
W1W 8RN London
Great Britain
Tel: (+44) 020 7637 5534

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